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Governor Hobbs Commends Legislature’s Move to Override School Spending Limit

Action Delivers on the Governor’s Call to Resolve Overdue Action 

PHOENIXGovernor Hobbs released the following statement in response to the Arizona Legislature’s action to override the Aggregate Expenditure Limit:

“A month ago, during my State of the State Address, I called on the Arizona Legislature to override an archaic cap on school funding and free schools to use the funding already allocated to them in last year’s budget. Today, the Legislature completed this long overdue action and showed our students, educators and parents that we can come together to do what’s right. 

“The spending cap has been overridden: our educators have assurance that schools will remain open and have access to the $1.3 billion that is due to them. 

“It means that superintendents and district leaders can continue employing our valuable teachers, counselors and support staff. Our teachers can focus on giving students every opportunity to achieve success, not shutting down classrooms. Our counselors can foster well-rounded and strong individuals. Our students can grow and become the leaders of tomorrow. And parents are relieved of the worry of schools being shut down in the middle of the school year. 

“I believe in our educators and our students. There’s more work to be done for them. We must continue to fight for better schools and to level the playing field. It is clear that a permanent fix is needed to address the school spending limit. Let’s rebuild and reinvest in our schools, ensure accountability and resolve the educator retention crisis.”

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